Moment 90 Running Backs Rule

Running Backs Rule
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January 02, 1966

On a soft, muddy Lambeau Field, the Packers hold Cleveland running back Jim Brown to 50 yards on 12 carries while game MVP Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung combine for 201 rushing yards in a 23-12 win over the Browns for the NFL title.

The championship was the Packers’ third in the last five years and the ninth in franchise history. It was also the last NFL season of the pre-Super Bowl era.

Bart Starr got the scoring started with a 47-yard TD pass to Carroll Dale, but the Packers trailed 9-7 after one quarter. They needed the dominance on the ground, as Hornung capped an 11-play, 90-yard drive in the third quarter with a 13-yard sweep for what proved to be the clinching touchdown.

Brown led the league in rushing with 1,544 yards on the season but could not get any traction against the Packers. In fact, in three career meetings against Green Bay, Brown never posted a 100-yard rushing game.
  • Running Backs Rule
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  • Running Backs Rule
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  • Running Backs Rule
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  • Running Backs Rule
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  • Running Backs Rule
    Photo credit: AP
  • Running Backs Rule
    Photo credit: AP / Tony Tomsic
  • Running Backs Rule
    Photo credit: AP